WordPress 2.8: A solo for Chet Baker

Yesterday the WordPress Team released the official roadmap version 2.8, named after Jazz musician Chet Baker. Thanks to the update engine most webmasters should be able to do the update via CMS – but of course it's always a good idea to start with a complete Backups. The Highlights of the new version are the improved widget- and template-interfaces, plus there's syntax highlighting for editing templates via the backend.

All the improvements come in very handy and render a couple of plugins workless – no more need for Ozh' Better Plugin page (there is a new list view for all plugins which require an update), and there's no more need for the duplicate widgets plugin: finally, all widgets can be used in multiple sidebars out-of-the box. The team also fixed more than 700 bugs, so updating is highly recommend. There's more details on the official WordPress Blog. This video demonstrates the new features:

PS: Since BarCamp Vienna is starting tomorrow and I'm going to be real busy during the weekend, I decided to run the update-marathon today. No major troubles – great work, dear WordPress team!

A thankful blogger.